Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale AleLips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CosmoHopHead on 07-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 189
Photo of BeerBabe06
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visual: Slight haze from bottle conditioning. Beautiful copper-golden hue. Fabulous white lacing on glass, great head/head retention.

Aroma: Great floral, slight sweet. Spice, clove, banana.

Taste: First it's nice caramely, sweet from the malt and then crisp/dry hop on the finish. Tastes like spicey/clove/banana/dry crisp floral-grapefruit.

Mouthfeel/Body: Start sweet, ends with nice hop, clean finish. Malt is beautiful honey and caramel. Medium body.

Overall: I love this beer. Perfectly balanced with hop, gorgeous trappist yeast (spicey) and nice malt. 7% - great price/value for this beer with retail at $8.99. Nice job NBB on bringing this from the 22 ounce, to the six-pack format.

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Photo of gildobeer
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The best beer I've had in some time. A nice deep color with a medium head. A great hoppy first taste, followed by a excellent aftertaste with a hint of rye? that leaves you wanting to have an IV line in your mouth so that the taste never leaves. One of the first combination beers I have had that really combines two flavors effectively to enhance the other.

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Photo of bnes09
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful lemon yellow beer with two fingers of head. Head levels to a solid layer of creamy froth that sticks around forever. Blankets the glass in soap-like lacing.

Bright and intense aroma of a pinewood forest. I can tell these hops are going to pack a punch. Belgium yeast aroma is able to surface as well to mellow things out while adding depth.

Hops pack a huge punch from the get-go. The flavors of pine-sol and soap provide a sharp bitterness that dries the tongue on contact. Tart lemon flavor comes through also. Malt flavor is there but takes a back seat behind the hop army. Yeast imparts a soothing banana and clove character that carries into the aftertaste and compliments the hops. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Medium bodied and bone dry texture. Lively, bubbly carbonation.

When I think of a Belgian IPA, this is exactly what I imagine. New Belgium hit this one out of the park! One of the most perfect Belgian style beers I have tried to date. Absolutely exceptional!

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Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter golden color with a nice beige head on it.

Smell is very very hoppy with some Belgian yeast coming through.

Taste is delicious. Very hoppy throughout. Good pine and citrus notes as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Great carbonation. Pretty bubbly going down.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA and would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of jsh420
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear golden bronze with a 1+ white finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells amazing - very floral clove banana normal tripel notes but with a hint of pine in the background

taste does not disappoint either - very complex and tons of many different beers of different styles race through my mind - gumball head with piney grapefruit hops

mouthfeel light/medium body with good carbonation

overall - very impressed with this offering and gives raging bitch a run for her money on best american bipa

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Photo of lstokes
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a deep gold beer with a fluffy head and a pleasantly-perfumed Belgian yeast nose. I found the beer very well balanced between American hops and the spices of the yeast--it's fruitier at the front of the mouth, with a lingering character of serious hop bitterness and peppery bubblegum. YUM. Not usually a fan of the Belgian IPA, but this rocks.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glimmering straw gold beer with a nice lace down the glass. Nose is fruit and spice, apples, pears, unripe grapefruit, pepper and pine, and bread with a hint of earthiness underneath. Carbonation and hop bite is strong and tingles the tongue. Love it. Spice spreads out and lingers on the tongue, and it seems to be a combination of hop and yeast creating the tangy spice. Looks like in the glass but has a solid mouthfeel. Very nice beer and, to me, seems to be a much better beer than the initial rating from BAs. Glad I got a six pack of this one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: clear golden, little lace

S: musty hops with citrus/pineapple/banana notes and a well represented belgian yeast aroma.

T: nice hop flavor and complexity. Belgian yeast is very much present. Nice citrus notes throughout.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: I really liked this one. Makes me hate the fact new belgium isn't available in my state.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a bubbly, on-finger, tan head of foam. It had nice retention and left a little lace.

S - Great floral aroma with a touch of barnyard funk. Also, yeasty notes and touches of fruit aromas.

T - Floral, yeasty, mild barnyard funkiness all join in with a sweet caramel backbone. There is a touch of apple flavor, too.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. This is a medium bodied ale that hides its ABV well.

D - This was delicious. It left me wanting more Belgo IPA and more wild/funky ales.

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Photo of gpogo
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow golden body, mostly clear with very small particles. Small white head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Belgian yeast aroma with bits of coriander? Cloves as well. Perhaps a mixture with some hefeweizen yeast. Perfumey grassy hops.

T- Grassy hops with a nice belgian flavored malt backing. Much of the nose is present in the flavor. Cloves come into play. Slightly spicy hit of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied beer, moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth.

D- This beer is delicious. I wish I could find it in a 6-pack. I found it in a 12-pack with four different types of New Belgium beer. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jampics2
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. 

The Belgo has a kick-ass look to it with a tangerine orange colored body with some yellow edges.  In terms of foam, we have a  film of head and decent soapy lace.  Some cloudiness and a touch of active carbonation round out a decent look.    

Some awesome huge hoppy smells with pineapple, some booze and bubblegum, and a touch of spiciness and white pepper reach my nose.  Some mild Rosemary, mango and orange peel team up to make a huge, great smell.  Certainly more IPA than Belgian, but that's OK. 

The taste is great, we have a huge flavor but nice balance on this one, due mostly to the Belgian candy and pale malt and the citrus hops and spice.  White pepper, oranges, herbs, pineapple, amazing depth and well-rounded flavor.  Wonderful but just a touch of  booze holding it back from the upper echelons.  

Mouthfeel is nice with slight but present carb and a medium body that team up to make this beer drink a touch thicker than it is.  Overall this is awesome, but a touch boozy which is it's only major flaw when compared to a beer like Little Sumpin' Wild.  But if I had more regular access to this I would drink it all the time.  

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Photo of Philousa
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent gold in the glass with decent amount of head and good lacing. A peppery Belgian yeast scent hits up front, fades to bananas and citrusy hops. You get a bit of barley with a good swirl. This beer has a sweet, light malt flavor with a clean bitter taste up front, a bit spicy from the yeast. Ends with bitter hops, a bit more earthy than expected. Feels light with moderate carbonation, which helps coat the mouth and leaves you with a lingering bitter hops taste.

I'm a big fan of IPAs and Belgians, so it's no surprise I like this beer. It's a bit more earthy & spicy than expected, even for a beer with Belgian yeast, but it's welcome. This is definitely an American Belgian IPA, if that makes sense. Lots of hops and bitter aftertaste, which I don't really get as much from true Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 3 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue tulip.

Large tan head. Well carbonated. Clear burnt orange color. Piney, spicy, floral aroma, with some sweet herbal notes. Starts quite floral, yeasty, a bit of rose water. Ethanol is warming and kind of boozy (A). Spicy pepperiness through the middle. Finishes with herbal bitter with some resin. Lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste. Medium body.

A liked this a bit more than I did.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SN tulip glass to catch all the head (except it wasn't that big) and the aroma.
Boy is this a nice aroma. First catch the whiff of sweet, fresh citrus Am. hops followed by full complex Bel. yeast. Yum! That's nice.
Mostly clear dark gold body with smallish (1/4 inch) very white head with ample lacing.
Flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma, but still very complex and not without it's own appeal. Quite dry but enhanced by it's close to full throttle bitterness. Very light initial malt sweetness up front then hop flavors. Inter mixed are yeast flavors that are a little too in the back, but I'd don't want to knock a solid beer here too much. Definitely alcohol warmth, but it blends well.
Moderately light and carbonated very nicely.
This is solid and worth the mixed 12 pack in came in. I'd purchase this again.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Yellowish/orange in color. Very slight haze. Rocky one and a half finger white head. Some bigger bubbles. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Big Belgian yeast aromas. Coriander. Cloves. Some slight citrus and floral hop notes.

T: Belgian yeast and coriander upfront. Lemon notes in the middle. Very light caramel malts. The Belgian flavors gives way to a nice rounded hop bitterness in the finish. Little pine, little floral, and little citrus. Great finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Nice dry finish. Medium carbonation.

O: A great take on the style. New Belgium hasn't failed to come through yet.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a beautiful deep gold color, with just a touch of orange. A half-inch of sticky white foam tops it off and keeps excellent retention. The liquid is ultra clear, yet I can see ultrafine particulates suspended about, probably hops. The nose is quite heavenly. A potent bouquet of perfumy, floral hops, with a touch of spice and a general sweetness. It's my kind of beer.

The spicy hops and fruity flavors combine to make a tasty brew. The finish is quite bitter, lingering almost indefinitely. There is a bit of a soapy, herbal character at the back too. It's sort of a slow drinker though as it tastes "heavy" and seems like one of those beers I could only have one of. Perhaps it's almost redundant with that lavish floral hop bitterness, though in the end I can't complain too much. The mouthfeel is barely syrupy, but overall medium thick with subtle carbonation.

I really like the Belgian IPA style and this is no exception. I think it was 7.99 for a 6-pack which is a tremendous value. It's hard to find that much flavor for your money these days. Going to buy more soon...

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Photo of chocosushi
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 7% Explorer Series Edition.
6oz->Hennepin Goblet.

A ~ Pours pale amber/orange. Head descends quickly leaving the typical Belgian ring around the glass that doesn't leave, with a cluster of tiny bubbles in the center. Carb is tight.

S ~ Mango, Guava Juice & Bubble Yum, mostly. Leafy foliage & candied lemon notes are in there as well. Yeast is shining through is a not-too-phenolic way.

T ~ Guava & Mango follow through, to a lesser extent, with a strong overtone of Pomander, candied citrus peels & Grapefruit zest. Malt lends notes of old-fashioned donuts. White pepper & grass on the back end.

M ~ Dry with a good amount of hop bitterness AND aromatics. Not overdone on the European malts. Balance.

D ~ First Belgian IPA I ever had when it was an LoF. Excellent decision to adjust the ABV & include it with the other Explorer brews. Love this beer.

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied, nice bright gold in color with the slightest amount of cloudiness and a one finger, soapy white head. The aromas are a nice mix of yeast, cloves, fresh and crisp hops, lemon, and more hops. It has a really, really nice nose and you can tell it’s very fresh. It is a little sweet and you get a decent amount of banana and cloves. The yeast is nice and light and you also get some lemon and a bitter hop finish. It also finishes a little dry. The beer it’s most similar to may be Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration II, with less yeast. It’s a nice Belgian IPA and a very solid beer. Putting this into six packs was a great idea. I hope they do it for Le Terroir!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a thick white head, good lace.

S: Very yeasty, orange marmalade, lemon, pear.

T: Apricot, peach and melon heavy. Lots of tasty esters (yeast component). Nice hop flavour - some grapefruit/San Diego, very citrusy, melds very well with the malt backbone.

M: Medium-bodied, big finish with a hint of booze, smooth.

D: Trying a non-sour New Belgium beer is always an adventure for my palate and usually ends up being a let down. However, this beer is fantastic, great hop and malt flavour, concentrated full taste, I liked it a lot.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange with billowing off-white head, leaving nice lacing rings behind.

Smell: Banana, grapefruit and other tropical goodness balanced by clove and white pepper.

Taste: Hoppy with lots of tropical fruit (grapefruit, mango), with underlying estery Belgian yeast supplying banana and clove. Somewhat bitter and peppery at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a fairly light body for the abv and also for an IPA. Very refreshing with a dry finish.

Overall: Very good Belgian IPA here. Glad they made this former Lips of Faith beauty into a year round six pack offering. Great move, New Belgium!

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very very light orange. Kind of looks like a lager by how light the color is. Just a touch of haze. Carbonation streaming. Amorphous bubbles in the head. The lacing leaves WALLS of foam... something I though only nitro beers could offer. Fantastic looking beer.

S: Belgium yeast. With that comes coriander, bread, and spice. Lemon zest from the American hops. Smells like fresh, green hops. Smells like a perfect hybrid of two countries' most renown attributes.

T: This has more Belgium than American characteristics. Tons of yeasty flavors that I mentioned in the smell. Bold, but not overbearing American hop flavor accompanied with mild bitterness. A touch of alcohol and spice that tastes similar to a trippel. Dries out the mouth in the finish. Bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium-light. Medium carbonation.

Quite an interesting beer. I haven't had many Belgium IPAs, but I can definitively say that this is a nice blend of assertive American hops paired with distinct Belgium characteristics and complexity. If you are in to that thing, then this is your beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into a DFH Off-centered pint.

Typical, but attractive, honey-blonde body with the color depth of a Belgian beer. Lasting off-white head slowly settles to a fat cap of foam, draping sticky webs of Brussels lace along the inside of the glass. Diggin' the aroma, too. Smells eerily similar to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, which is ultimately a good thing. Sweet toffee and doughy malts mingle with tropical fruits from the Belgian yeast, a hint of citrus peel, and clover. Very aromatic.

The flavor is crisper than Flying Dog's BIPA, with a sharp hop note that bites at the tops of the tongue and tastebuds. Not as sweet as the aroma had suggested, but the pale malts and yeast fruitiness balance each other nicely. Kiss of booze lets you know the 8.0% is in there, lurking. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, with a bitter finish of Belgian spice and floral hops. Good carbonation, medium consistency, dopeness in a glass. Well done New Belgium. I'll be having this Lips of Faith release again for sure.

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Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL OZ. bottle from the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $12. Poured from the Disco Ball Bottle into a 16oz New Belgium Oversized Snifter glass and has BOTTLED ON 06/16/2010 on the back.

Aroma- Starts with a nice malty sweet aroma and then has a floral and light piney hop aroma after wards.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has good retention. Has a reddish copper body that has great clarity. Huge amount of lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with hue grapefruit taste and a medium amount of mixed hops. Can't tell which hops are present but all well blended. Medium bitterness and has a very low caramel attribute here? Cool.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation (not sure I'm cool with this attribute), has a nice hop bite at the end, and is good all around.

Overall Impression- Nice, bitter IPA that has an awesome grapefruit taste! I'm still very interested in the difference between these "Belgo" style beers and what they have to offer. This is my second one (first one was a Stone Belgo Stout) but since its an entirely different style, can't put my finger on it. I would give this one another try if available on tap!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden to orangey color with very slight haze, as well as a rich & creamy head that laces nicely throughout the pint. Nose is ripe with fruits, especially melons, and a light spearamint-herbal quality. On the palate the sweetness is noted right away from the Belgian influence (and yummy), and it carries nicely to the bitterness from hops & grapefruity flavors. Wild yeasty quality is present too. Finishes bitter and sourdough bready for me.

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Photo of atsprings
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to see this one in stores. 22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy off white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is a very nice amount of Belgian spice, coriander, lemon zest and a bit of pepper in front of crisp Earthy hops and sweet malts. The taste is a load of sweet malts and crisp hops with a nice amount of spice present as well. The beer is on the light side of medium with smooth carbonation, it is quite crisp and refreshing with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Belgian IPA, one I would love to have again.

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